“LA/Melbourne based outfit are kicking some serious goals on all fronts.” – Acid Stag
“…oozing with brightness and warmth.” – Purple Sneakers
“…electro-pop masters” – Stereogum
Miami Horror today share their second release of 2019, ‘Luv Is Not Enough’, arriving alongside news of the collective’s third album to be released late-2020.
Featuring the alluring vocals of Clear Motiffee, ‘Luv Is Not Enough’ conjures a romantic tone of empowerment and self confidence. In true Miami Horror style, the bass-line heavy groove keeps listeners moving through the track, feeling the message as the song builds. Producer Benjamin Plant cites soulful funk artists like The Internet, Kaytranada, and Anderson .Paak as recent inspiration, even mentioning that Calvin Harris’ 2017 single “Slide” caused a big shift in perspective.
Plant says about writing ‘Luv Is Not Enough’, “We hadn’t really been into much new music. Everything was feeling dull and minimal. Then when I heard “Slide,” it was a seemingly revelatory moment. It was refreshing to hear a song that was based around the simplicity of a good bass line and chords. It made me realize that maybe we’d been overthinking things, as those had always been two of our favorite and highest prioritized elements when we started out.”
‘Luv Is Not Enough’ follows previous single ‘Restless’, which marked the band’s shift toward their collaborative and production-based roots, marrying the funk elements of their past with a softer R&B-leaning vocal. It was a direction that Plant champions as the new incarnation of the project. ‘Restless’ combined dreamy, lo-fi funk guitar, relaxed, 70s-esque drums, and a sultry, impassioned vocal, attracting strong support from tastemakers The Guardian AU, Acid Stag and Purple Sneakers, spins on triple j’s Mornings with Lina Marigliano and Home & Hosed, as well as an add to rage for the track’s accompanying visuals.
What began as a solo project by Plant, Miami Horror quickly grew into a four-piece live band. The new six-piece iteration of the show will now see the group as a living, breathing organism, ever-changing in their diverse musical influences. Miami Horror’s widely acclaimed debut album Illumination (2010),featured Kimbra and Neon Indian and saw the band nominated for the ARIA’s Best Dance Release. From their outset, the project has continued to garner international praise and support from the likes of Stereogum, Pitchfork, SPIN,triple j and rage, with their back-catalogue attracting streams exceeding 100 million on Spotify alone.
In celebration of The Shapes EP (2017), Miami Horror threw a seriesof block parties that coincided with international collaborations in the form of murals, billboards, art cars and installations, bringing to life the sensory vision behind the project. Filling dance-floors and festival stagesboth at home and across the globe with their distinctive brand of electronica, Miami Horror have proved crowd favourites at festivals like Coachella, Govenor’s Ball, Electric Forest, Splendour in the Grass, Beyond the Valley,Just Like Heaven and most recently, Ecuador’s Funka Fest and Mexico’s Corona Capital Festival. ‘Luv Is Not Enough’ arrives as Miami Horror gear up for a mammoth 17-date North American tour, with new live line up additionsReva Devito (self), Nic Mulhall (Queen Magic), and TC Milan in tow, whilst vocalist and guitarist Josh Moriarty takes a much needed break from touring.
With Benjamin Plant living between LA and hometown of Melbourne, the project has grown from this dichotomy, continuing to evolve and transform, and will soon be shared with Australian audiences with live dates soon to be announced. With latest offering ‘Luv Is Not Enough’, listeners are allowed yet another a glimpse into the new era of Miami Horror, one oozing with unexpected collaborations and fresh sounds.
‘Luv Is Not Enough’ is OUT NOW.
‘Luv Is Not Enough’ (Single)